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Brewers acquire reliever Burke Badenhop from the Rays

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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed reliever?Burke Badenhop today from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.  The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

Badenhop, who turns 30 on February 8, went 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 relief appearances for the Rays in 2012.  He posted a 1.42 ERA over his last 16 appearances (12.2ip, 2er) while holding opponents to a .229 batting average during that period.  Badenhop owns a career record of 16-17 with a 4.08 ERA and 2 saves in 217 games, including 10 starts, with Miami (2008-11) and Tampa Bay (2012).  He has pitched exclusively in relief for each of the last three seasons.

Mondesi Jr., 20, was signed by Milwaukee as a non-drafted free agent on June 23, 2010.  He batted .231 with 5 HR and 32 RBI in 68 games at Rookie Helena this season.

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